Sylvia Mann, MS, CGC, is the Project Director for the Western States Regional Genetics Network. She is a certified genetic counselor who has been the Hawaii State Genetics Coordinator since the Genetics Program was started within the Department of Health in 1993. In her position, Ms. Mann has responsibility for assessment, assurance and policy development in the areas of genetics, newborn screening, birth defects and other related areas such as chronic disease. She has also been the principal investigator on several federally funded projects to assess the genetic service and newborn screening needs of professionals and families; using the needs assessment information to plan activities to address the identified needs; and implement and evaluate the activities. In addition to her state and regional work, Ms. Mann has served on regional and national committees including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. Ms. Mann received her Master’s of Science degree in human genetics and genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988.
Pauline Mui has been the Project Assistant for the WSRGN since its start in 2004. She designs and maintains the WSRGN websites, is responsible for the WSRGN budget and finances, and coordinates all meetings and travel. In addition to her work with the WSRGN, Pauline is also an administrative assistant with the Genomics Section at the Hawaii Department of Health. She works closely with the Hawaii State Newborn Metabolic Screening Program, Newborn Hearing Screening Program, Birth Defects Program, and Genetics Program.